Dreams Do Discriminate: Racial Makeup Mimics Real Life

Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience, December 16, 2011

Here’s a new version of the old question “Do you dream in color?” What color are the people in your dreams?

A new study finds that the racial makeup of dreams tends to match up with the proportion of different races people run into in their daily lives. A person’s own race matters as well, said study researcher Steve Hoekstra, a psychologist at Kansas Wesleyan University.

“If you are, say, a black student at a predominately white school in a predominately white community, yes, you dream more about whites than do other black people in other communities,” Hoekstra told LiveScience. “But you also dream more about blacks than most people do in your same community.”

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Black or white

Hoekstra investigated the question with the help of a couple undergraduate research assistants and a few photocopies of a brief dream survey. The researchers asked 66 students at the predominately white Kansas Wesleyan University to fill out the survey. Next, Hoekstra asked a colleague at the historically black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina to have another 60 students at that school fill out the survey.

The students answered questions about the racial makeup of their waking life as well as their dreams. {snip}

Remembering race

They found that real-life race does matter in the dream world: Individuals reported that the largest proportion of people in their dreams were of their own race. The racial makeup of people’s dreams also tended to match the racial makeup of their daily lives. The findings were true of both blacks and whites, Hoekstra said. Asian and Hispanic participants showed similar patterns, but there were too few of those races in the study to draw firm statistical conclusions.

Television can apparently creep into dreams as well, Hoekstra said. People who watched more TV reported more blacks and fewer whites in their dreams. Preferences for sports and comedy programs, in particular, seemed linked to dreaming about more blacks, perhaps because those genres represent more black people than other shows.

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  • Anonymous

    Obviously this study proves that our nation is in the throes of a crisis of racism in dreams. The only solution is a government mandated “dream integration” program, with an all new “DREAM Act” authorizing and funding it (not to mention a new branch of the Federal bureaucracy to implement it). We must not sleep until racism is eradicated from every aspect of our lives!

  • White Mom

    I’ve never though about it before, but my dreams are entirely white except when I’m dreaming about travel (Asians), food (Asians or Mexicans) or violence and discord (blacks and hispanics). I have plenty of nightmares featuring frightening blacks. My dreams are as racist as the grossest stereotype!

    It’s comforting to think that the multiculturalists will never integrate my head.

  • Tim in Indiana

    Oh great, now even our dreams can be racist! Here come the dream police…

    Television can apparently creep into dreams as well, Hoekstra said. People who watched more TV reported more blacks and fewer whites in their dreams.

    Makes sense, since the fantasy world of the media is the only place on earth that is in any sense “integrated.”

  • madison grant

    Darn you, amren, for giving publicity to this story!

    As if white liberals weren’t already neurotic enough! They already obsess endlessly over whether they, their spouses and children are being p.c. enough.

    They’ve even begun to feel guilt over owning white cats and dogs rather than black ones (see recent amren piece).

    Now they’ll be worried sick over whether their dreams are diverse enough. They won’t even be able to get a decent night’s sleep now!

  • hts

    I wonder. Were the “researchers” surprised by this outcome? Did they think we had some kind of dreadlocked diversity manager monitoring our subconscious thoughts? Why was this even a study, and who in the world funded it? How much tax money was wasted to find out such an obvious result? Good grief.

  • Rhialto

    Obviously people’s dreams reflect the environment that they live in. People interact most with members of their own race. So people dream mostly about members of their own race.

    The important point is Pappas’ liberal propaganda technique: In her title she uses discriminate, a word with a strong negative connotation to most Americans. An ideologically neutral term would have been reflect or correlate.

    Pappas’ article reveals that the makeup of liberals’ articles mimics liberal ideology.

  • MAJ

    What possibly could be the point of this study? What knowledge can be advanced by telling me that white people don’t dream of black people?

    Since much of this second-rate university junk science research has a hidden intent are we now facing a new way to label people as racist?

    The only interesting “finding” is that watching too much TV leads to black people popping in white people’s dreams.

    Another reason to cancel the cable subscription.

  • Anonymous

    “If you are, say, a black student at a predominately white school in a predominately white community, yes, you dream more about whites than do other black people in other communities,” Hoekstra told LiveScience. “But you also dream more about blacks than most people do in your same community.”

    Thus if you are a black student at a predominately white school, you dream more, period–thereby getting less restful sleep than if you went to a school with primarily or completely your own type. For the sake of black students getting enough restful sleep, we must let them go to schools made up completely of blacks. Oh wait, that’s segregation and segregation is racist…

  • Lance

    Yes, many of the “dreams” I have are filled with all whites. This is obviously not because of all the nightmares I have are when I’m awake and surrounded by blacks and latinos, but because I’m an awful, biased racist. This is a disease that needs to be cured. Save me, liberal, multi-cultural, pc America!

  • mark

    Would the Thought Police control the racist dreams or do we need an additional branch, say Dream Department, dealing with this extremely troubling issue?

  • Northern Virginia suburb-dweller

    6 — Rhialto wrote at 10:12 PM on December 16:

    Obviously people’s dreams reflect the environment that they live in…

    Not mine. I live in a hispanic & Asian neighborhood in highly diverse Fairfax County, Virginia (Washington DC Metro area), but my dreams are white. I wish my neighborhood reflected my dreams!

  • Anonymous

    Good grief! Dealing with real blacks is bad enough when one is awake. Who in their right mind would ever want to dream about them?

  • Bardon

    As an aside, early variants of Swiss psychologist Carl Jung’s notion of “Collective Unconscious” (Google if you’re not informed) were more along the line of “racial consciousness”. He surmised- and it wasn’t either proved or disproved- that various groups dreamed more frequently situations from their distant past. So, Jews would dream something along sand, Palestine etc., Germanic peoples forests, Blacks jungle & hot climate etc.

    Just a thought.

  • Anonymous

    5 — hts wrote at 9:46 PM on December 16:

    I wonder. Were the “researchers” surprised by this outcome? Did they think we had some kind of dreadlocked diversity manager monitoring our subconscious thoughts?

    I think I read on AmRen just this past week that dreadlocks in dreams are becoming more acceptable now.

    Myself, I tend not to remember my dreams. I’m not a big fan of Surrealism, so the ones I do remember I find silly and annoying. But, yes, the cast of characters in my slumbering adventures is almost entirely White. That’s because my dreams mostly just take the events of the past few days and put them in a blender so they come out like a really bad Bunuel film.

    Conclusion: Since my day-to-day existence consists (mercifully, thankfully) almost entirely of Whites, so do my dreams. That wasn’t really so hard to figure out that it required a Very Important Official Study, was it?

    I do, however, remember a brief cameo appearance in one dream last year, by a threatening looking black man of about 30, whom I’d never seen before, not in real life and not on TV. My (racist?) subconscious had somehow invented him — as well as the plot-point that he had somehow had got into my house. This (mercifully, thankfully) has never happened to me in real life, but in my dream it scared me enough to wake me up immediately.

    …Which leads me to believe that these “scientists'” next Very Important Official Study should take the findings of this study, and break down the data to see how many of those dreams White people have about black people might be more accurately described as NIGHTMARES.

  • Wayne

    Really?

    But is it genetic or is it simply people will dream about the people they hang around the most.

    I’m sure if an Asian or Black lived mainly among white folk and had white family members they would dream about whites.

    Vice versa for a white living in China or Japan.

  • Anonymous

    At #6

    True, but I’m meeting a growing number of ‘conservatives’ who are kissing up to blacks, hispanics and other people who bash whites. I know of one conservative who kisses up to Hispanics so much that he was wanting to see Machete, yet when I pointed out how there needs to be movies showing evils done to whites by other races, they call that hate. I think there’s something wrong with many whites today and not just white liberals. At least with white liberals you can expect their lunacy.

  • john

    Somebody actually got a grant with which to conduct this study?